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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345419987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345419989
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Devilishly handsome actor Ralph Feinnes, who packed on pounds for his role in Schindler's List, followed this plan and said it helped him keep his energy level high enough to survive his grueling, eight-times-a-week performances of Hamlet. The word "diet" in the title may be a bit misleading, as it's more of a blood sugar-regulating eating schedule; once blood sugar is normalized, says author Adele Puhn, cravings soon dissipate, and that helps excess pounds fall off almost by themselves. It's not a five-day diet, either, as the title implies; rather, that's the amount of time it takes to get your blood sugar fully normalized.

Puhn, who has a master's degree in medical biology and has been certified as a nutritional specialist by the American College of Nutrition, has 20 years of experience working with this diet. She says that timing is the key. Each day, there's a mandatory snack within two hours of breakfast, and two more snacks in the afternoon. There are a few no-no foods that would cause a rush of blood sugar (no pasta for lunch, no plain bagels for breakfast, no grapes for snacks), but other than that, the program is remarkably simple. Puhn says that losing weight is 75 percent physiological (cravings sabotaging your efforts) and 25 percent psychological, such as when your inner "fathead" says you have to have that piece of chocolate birthday cake or you'll hurt Aunt Fanny's feelings. The 5 Day Miracle Diet shows you how to conquer both of these forces, leading to weight loss, improvements in energy, and decreases in blood pressure and cholesterol levels. While its advice may be unusual (vegetables or turkey get the okay for breakfast), its message is clearly sane. It's "not about never eating certain things again. It's about learning how to live harmoniously with your food."

From Publishers Weekly

At half the length, this would have been an excellent guide to training away your cravings and losing weight, but redundancies and fillers add inappropriate padding. The basic point is as follows: if your blood sugar bottoms out, you start to have cravings, while at the same time you've become too tired and cranky to stand firm against them. Puhn, a certified nutrition specialist, recommends a starch and protein breakfast (starch breaks down quickly, protein slowly); and vegetables and proteins for lunch and dinner. More importantly, Puhn recommends snacking twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon on what she calls "Hard Chew" or "Soft Chew" snacks (apple or cantaloupe) in order to keep in "Good Blood Sugar" or GBS. With examples and sample menus, she outlines daily eating plans. Recognizing that not everyone is the same, she makes allowances for occasional indulgences and smartly helps tailor the program to vegetarians and to the insulin-resistant and carbo addicts. She also makes a cogent case against "Lite" foods (which often make up for low fat by high sugar or high salt). But jargon ("the fathead factor") and peppy patter ( "You call this a diet? I call it a dream come true") make this sensible, practical program hard to swallow.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Was on it 5 months...lost 17 pounds..
Madea
I highly recommend this for anyone who's interested in weight loss.
Glenda
Like she says the weight just falls off and you feel wonderful!
L. Hartman

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2002
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I really struggle with cravings for breads and sweets, but the blanced approach of Adele Puhn's program has helped me curb these hunger pangs. The diet has also helped to alleviate a headache that I've carried for the last two months.
It's basically an eating schedule: protein and whole grains for breakfast and lunch, veggies and fruit as snacks throughout the day, and the most "sensible" dinner I've seen in any diet book. She explains the basis for developing the program and why it works. It's inspiring - you CAN be free from cravings.
Adele's mindset is that this way of eating is a way of life, not just a diet. Of course you can't live without ever having another piece of cake or glass of wine. The program allows for that - requires it, in fact.
This book easily earned five stars. The program is relatively easy to follow, the dietary guidelines are in keeping with RDAs and other programs with high success rates, and the book conatains a helpful section adressing the psycological aspects of dieting.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By L. Hartman on June 8, 2000
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A must read!
For anyone who has ever tried to lose weight, this book is the one for you! I've tried just about every diet out there but Adele's plan really works. I've been doing the 5-Day Miracle Diet now for two weeks and have already lost 9 lbs. More importantly, just like she says in the book, my cravings are gone and I have more energy than I've ever had in my life. I admit I was skeptical when I started her plan but on day 5 I noticed a huge difference in my energy level. I no longer need my coffee in the morning or any sweets throughout the day.
Her plan may sound complicated at first but once you follow it for 5 days you don't even have to think about it anymore. Like she says the weight just falls off and you feel wonderful! I can't say enough about Adele's book and how it has changed my life in just two short weeks. This book is not just about losing weight, it's also for anyone who wants to be free of cravings forever and have more energy than imaginable to enjoy life!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "gray2075" on June 20, 2002
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I find the book and program therein easy to comprehend. The author, Adele Puhn, provides a complete, doable program that when followed delivers on every promise she makes. Using this book as a guide, I have "owned" the program for 9 months now and lost over 110 pounds, dramatically improved my health and well being, and brought order to decades of destructive eating habits and the ensuing blood sugar chaos. Before I purchased the book, I was a little put off by the word Miracle in its title; however, I have come to agree that it truly IS a miracle. Thank you to Ms. Puhn for writing this book and sharing her program. For me, it is literally life-saving.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alecia M. Bilik on November 10, 1999
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I did not like the way this book was organized. I found I had to read it a million times and had to flip back and forth for the info I needed. HOWEVER, it really worked for me! I lost 50 pounds, going from a size 16 to 8. I gained so much energy that I actually became an exercise junkie. I was never able to stick to any kind of exercise before. Unfortunately, I have gained weight due to a pregnancy, but as soon as I stop nursing, I'll be back on this diet again!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Glenda on April 24, 2003
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I first read this book and tried this diet in 1997. By combining it with exercise (low impact - walking) I'd lost 10 pounds in a very short time. I could see and feel a major difference in only 2 weeks. I'm no nutritional expert or anything and I've never been able to follow those diets where they tell you specifically what you have to eat at various times of the day but the program works. This book worked for me because it gave me a list of choices and the overall principles involved in controlling my cravings (blood sugar levels). I love sweets and in 5 days by following this plan, my cravings for sweets were gone. Most diets seem to talk about cutting out the fat in your diet to lose weight. We underestimate the impact that sugar has on our diets - at least I did. Over the years, whenever I feel myself getting above my desired size, I revert back to this diet. It always works. I've just lost another 6 pounds and intend to lose another 4 at least. I've incorporated some of the principles in my everyday lifestyle such as eating something within (I think its) 30-45 minutes of when I wake up, the snacks every 2 hours after breakfast and the 2 snacks in the afternoon. I also started buying no sugar peanut butter after I read this book. I still do. It's not nearly as good as Jif, but I realize what the sugar does to me. I highly recommend this for anyone who's interested in weight loss. I've been trying to convince my sister for years.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 1999
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This is the only one of MANY diets I've tried that has not only worked initially (which many do) but has become an easy-to-follow eating lifestyle that, more important than weight loss, has me feeling great every day. I gave it the initial five days, and it ended my depression and lethargy, gave me sustained energy, and led to me losing 5 pounds. I've kept with the way of eating established in those five days. The thing I especially like about this diet is that it's incredibly easy to internalize and follow, and after the first couple of days you feel great and just don't have cravings... I always feel well fed too. Before you try anything else, and I had tried almost everything else, give this program a shot... it will change your life!
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